Gaming at CLP Engages Teens



Every week, hundreds of teens regularly visit Carnegie Libraries around the city. They come willingly and stay for hours. They come for “gaming,” to play video and board games and more. Corey Wittek, CLP’s Teen Services digital learning librarian, and his staff are reaching all kinds of kids – by speaking to their interests.

“Each branch has dedicated teen time,” Corey says. “Open-ended time for them to game, but it’s also a hook to get teens to have a deeper experience in the library. Gaming is an entry point.”

Q: What are some of the skills they develop through gaming?
A: With some games, they learn design; others, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. They learn spatial reasoning, and there are even some games like Rocksmith where they can learn an instrument. But mostly what they do is have fun.  So they learn some serious skills in a not-so-serious environment.

Q: Why does Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh do this?
A: Some of these kids don’t have the Internet at home. But they’re what we call digital natives – it all comes naturally to them. So, they’re stranded if they don’t have access. We can help provide that. At some branches, dozens of kids turn up every week. We see it as a tool in our arsenal of engaging teens.

Q: What else does CLP provide for teens?
A: We have The Labs, CLP’s teen-only learning lab, at three sites around the city, where teens have access to equipment, software and free training and workshops from mentors. It promotes connected learning – we connect to the things that matter in their lives.

Click here to learn more.

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in May

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in May

This month's best bets in the ’Burgh.
Best Doctors in Pittsburgh 2017

Best Doctors in Pittsburgh 2017

Pittsburgh’s medical lifesavers rated by their peers, including anesthesiologists, cardiologists, dermatologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, surgeons, urologists & many more.
Health Care in Pittsburgh that Goes Beyond the Office

Health Care in Pittsburgh that Goes Beyond the Office

Innovations in Postpartum Depression Treatment, First-Aid Training and Food Security.
Restaurant Review: DiAnoia's Eatery Bridges the Gap

Restaurant Review: DiAnoia's Eatery Bridges the Gap

With a little work, the Strip District restaurant could become a Pittsburgh classic.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

New Study: Pittsburgh Drivers are The Worst of the Worst

New Study: Pittsburgh Drivers are The Worst of the Worst

Pittsburgh ties with one other city for having the worst drivers in the nation.
HGTV Series Pilot Focuses on Renovation of Pittsburgh Home

HGTV Series Pilot Focuses on Renovation of Pittsburgh Home

The pilot episode of “Steel City Rehab” follows a Pittsburgh couple as they flip a home in the city’s East End.
‘The Good Wife’s’ Zach Grenier Appears on the Pittsburgh Stage

‘The Good Wife’s’ Zach Grenier Appears on the Pittsburgh Stage

Grenier on playing the dream role of Willy Loman, coming to Pittsburgh and performing at the renowned Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Enjoy a Cocktail to Help Preserve Pittsburgh's Historic Murals

Enjoy a Cocktail to Help Preserve Pittsburgh's Historic Murals

The nearly 80-year-old murals by Maxo Vanka show an immigrant's’ perspective on important issues.



     

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Previous Features

Edit ModuleShow Tags